Ebola

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Ebola Cases Surpass 10K

About half have died worldwide, says WHO

(Newser) - More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released today by the World Health Organization. The UN health agency said the number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those cases, 4,922... More »

NY, NJ to Require Quarantine After Ebola Contact

Health workers returning from West Africa face 'automatic' new rule

(Newser) - The governors of New Jersey and New York today ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other arriving travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. The move comes after a New York City doctor who returned to the US from treating Ebola victims in... More »

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Free of Ebola

She is out of the hospital and headed home

(Newser) - A dose of good news on Ebola to counter the bad in New York City : Dallas nurse Nina Pham is free of the virus, reports WUSA-TV . The 29-year-old was released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where she had been in isolation. Pham herself appeared at... More »

NYC Isolates Ebola Doctor's Fiancee, Friends

Case poses huge challenge for city

(Newser) - America's biggest city is facing an enormous challenge: how to track down people who came into contact with an Ebola-infected doctor who traveled on three subway lines, jogged for miles, and even went bowling the day before he reported symptoms. Epidemiologists in New York City are using information from... More »

NYC Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

Craig Spencer reportedly was out bowling before falling ill

(Newser) - New York City has its first Ebola case: A doctor who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for the disease, reports the New York Times . Craig Spencer, who had been working in Guinea with the group Doctors Without Borders, is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. City health... More »

Paul Allen Gives $100M for Ebola

Microsoft co-founder also creates website for smaller donors

(Newser) - The fight against Ebola is getting another hefty donation from a US billionaire: This time it's Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who today pledged $100 million, reports the Seattle Times . Allen also created a website called TackleEbola through which people can donate to specific projects, from hand-washing stations in West... More »

Starving Liberians: We'll Break Ebola Quarantine

UN's World Food Program has apparently stopped providing food

(Newser) - Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported today. Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in Jennewende, a town in an impoverished... More »

Amber Vinson's Family Says She's Free of Ebola

Hospital or CDC has yet to confirm

(Newser) - Amber Vinson's family has what appears to be great news for all those Ohioans who came into contact with the Dallas nurse : She is free of the disease. So says a family statement asserting that "as of yesterday evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for... More »

Nurse's Dog Free of Ebola

But Bentley will remain under watch for a while longer

(Newser) - It looks like Bentley's going to make it. That would be the dog owned by Dallas nurse Nina Pham , who is herself being treated for Ebola. Health officials put the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel into quarantine and announced today that tests have shown him to be clear of the... More »

NBC Journalist Free of Ebola

Ashoka Mukpo of Rhode Island will be released from hospital soon

(Newser) - A little more good news on Ebola, at least in the US: NBC journalist Ashoka Mukpo is free of the disease and will be released from a hospital in Omaha, reports AP . The Rhode Island native contracted the disease in Liberia while working as a freelance camera operator for the... More »

Travelers From West Africa Can Only Arrive at 5 US Airports

Those coming from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to go through special screening

(Newser) - In a move that may quell some of the fears of Ebola breaking out around the US, the Department of Homeland Security announced today that all travelers coming from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—the region in West Africa where at least 4,500 people have died from the disease,... More »

WHO: Trials of Ebola Vaccine Coming Soon

As CDC releases new guidelines for dealing with cases

(Newser) - A top World Health Organization official says the hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data about whether they're safe by December—and they could be in experimental field use by January. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, an assistant director-general for WHO, says clinical trials planned or underway in Europe, Africa,... More »

Dallas Finally Gets Some Good Ebola News

Ebola monitoring ends for dozens there

(Newser) - After weeks of fear, there's now relief in Dallas: Around 50 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan before he was admitted to the hospital have reached the end of the 21-day monitoring period without showing signs of Ebola. The people declared risk-free include health workers, the paramedics... More »

WHO: Nigeria Is Officially Ebola-Free

Calls containment of disease a 'spectacular success story'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has declared that Nigeria is now free of Ebola, a rare victory in the monthslong battle against the fatal disease. In an update issued today, the UN health agency says the country's containment of the lethal disease is a "spectacular success story." The... More »

There's an Ebola Outbreak You Don't Know About

Well-prepared Democratic Republic of Congo has nearly quashed outbreak

(Newser) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa shows no signs of slowing, having killed at least 4,447 . Elsewhere in Africa, however, another outbreak of the virus is quietly winding down. It's believed a different strain of Ebola first appeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late July: A... More »

Spain: Nurse Wins Battle With Ebola

Blood test shows no signs of virus in Teresa Romero

(Newser) - An initial test shows that a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola in Spain is now clear of all traces of the virus nearly two weeks after she was hospitalized, authorities said today. Teresa Romero, 44, is the first person known to have contracted the disease outside West Africa... More »

US Military to Train Ebola 'Strike Team'

Chuck Hagels orders creation of team for domestic Ebola cases

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the US, the Pentagon announced today. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team drawn from... More »

Hospital Offers Full-Page Apology Ad Over Ebola

As worker who went on cruise is cleared

(Newser) - Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital hasn't exactly had a lot of good publicity lately: After the hospital first turned away Thomas Eric Duncan, he later died of Ebola; two of his nurses came down with the virus—one of whom took two flights just before she was diagnosed—as nurses... More »

Ohio Monitors 100+ for Ebola Symptoms

Number jumps sharply, though nobody showing symptoms

(Newser) - Health officials in Ohio are monitoring more than 100 people following the visit by a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola shortly after returning to Texas. Officials said today that none of those being monitored are sick. State officials previously said 16 people Amber Vinson had contact with were... More »

Ebola Coming to Your TV, Thanks to Ridley Scott

He's planning limited series based on 'The Hot Zone'

(Newser) - Just what an already paranoid public needs: Ridley Scott is working on a TV series about Ebola. The limited series, produced by Fox TV Studios, will be based on Richard Preston's 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone. The nonfiction book gives an account of the disease's history and discusses... More »

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